Society for American Baseball (SABR) Convention
Dodgers lost 1-0. Billingsley pitched well. We lost the series with the Nats, Weaver, Manny and Padilla went on the DL on this trip. Dodgers go to to New York where the Mets are playing well.
I am a little depressed so I need to write about something else
In January, I became a member of the society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Reading the Spring 2010 Newsletter I see the annual convention will be in Atlanta. I never been to Atlanta.
This convention (their 40th) sounds like a lot of fun. Here are some highlights
|SABR 40 Events|
Wednesday, August 4
Turner Field Ballpark Tour – time TBD
Thursday, August 5
1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association I
An impressive lineup of panelists will offer a series of presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of various Southern Association ballparks. These include Russwood Field in Memphis; Rickwood Field in Birmingham, and Pelican Field in New Orleans.
2:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to Ty Cobb Museum and Gravesite, Royston, GA
(pending sufficient pre-registration)
Ty Cobb is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, GA.
8:00 p.m. Signs of the Time (2009)
Screening of the documentary Signs of the Time including discussion and commentary with producer Ray Manard. This one-hour documentary discusses the origination of umpire hand signals, with significant emphasis on the careers of Dummy Hoy and Bill Klem.
Friday, August 6
9:00 a.m. Presentation by National Archives & Records Administration, Morrow, GA
10:00 a.m. 1990s Braves .Worst to First. Era Panel
Moderated by former Braves play-by-play man Pete Van Wieren. Potential guests include Bobby Cox, Mark Lemke, Ron Gant, and Tom Glavine.
1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association II
Includes presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of Sulphur Dell in Nashville, Engel Field in Chattanooga, and Ponce de Leon Park in Atlanta.
7:35 p.m. Braves vs. Giants, Turner Field
Round-trip bus to Turner Field is $15. The stadium is approximately two miles from the hotel. Public buses, taxis, and walking are also viable options.
You have two ticket options:
Saturday, August 7
9:30 a.m. Discussion of Shoeless Joe Jackson with sportswriter Furman Bisher
Furman Bisher is a retired sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he once served as sports editor, and a columnist for The Sporting News. Bisher wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other national publications. His final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was published in the print version of the October 11, 2009, Sunday paper.
12-3:00 p.m. Awards luncheon, Keynote Speaker John Schuerholz
Luncheon cost is $33 (choice of blackened chicken or tilapia) John Schuerholz is president of the Atlanta Braves. Before joining the Braves in 1990, he spent 22 years with the Kansas City Royals, where he was farm director, Scouting Director, Assistant GM, and General Manager. He was the Braves GM until 2007, when he left the post to become team president. Schuerholz has a reputation for building strong farm systems and championship teams. Among the teams he has built are the world champion 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. His teams have won their division 15 times. Schuerholz shared the inside life of a GM in his 2006 book Built to Win. He is the only General Manager in baseball to win a World Series championship in both leagues.
The luncheon honors the winners of the McFarland-SABR Award, the Sporting News-SABR Award, and SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award.
2:45 p.m. Visit to Joe Jackson Museum and Greenville Drive baseball game, Greenville, SC
(pending sufficient registration)
In 2006, the home of Joe Jackson was dismantled, moved three miles, and reassembled in the historic west end of Greenville, South Carolina. The house was deeded to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library Foundation in July 2007. The museum held its grand opening and dedication on June 21, 2008. The new house number is 356 – also Jackson’s lifetime batting average.
3:00 p.m. New Technologies in Baseball, panel moderated by Alan Nathan
7:30 p.m. Ty Cobb, a one-man play by Norm Coleman
Sunday, August 8
9:00 a.m. The Research Process: Seymour Medal Winners Panel
Dorothy Seymour Mills and local member Ken Fenster will co-moderate .Trials and Tribulations of the Research Process: A Panel Discussion with Recent Recipients of the Seymour Medal.. This panel will focus on the creative processes and problems involved in seeing a research project all the way through from conception to execution to publishing a final product. Participants will draw on their experiences with their award-winning works and their current research.
9:00 a.m. Visit to Rickwood Field, Birmingham, AL
(pending sufficient registration)
More information here http://convention.sabr.org/schedule/events
Dodgers are home but I am seriously thinking about attending my first SABR convention. Registration for members is $119 and $149 for non-members before July 4th. Registration, under 18 is free with registered adults. Also SABR has a negotiated rate of $129/nite plus tax with Sheraton Atlanta.